Several internationally renowned soccer players, including Neymar, Rafinha and Joan Capdevila and former player Zico, participated in an all-star charity match in Rio de Janeiro to pay tribute to the Brazilian club Chapecoense, many players of which lost their lives in a plane crash in November.
The game took place Wednesday at the Maracana stadium and was organized by former Brazilian soccer star Zico. According to local media, more than 60,000 people attended the game, filling most of the 78,800 available seats at the stadium.
Most of the money made from the charitable event was donated to the families of the Nov. 29 tragic plane crash in Colombia, which killed 71 people, including 19 Chapecoense players.
Barcelona star Neymar also took part in another charity game in honor of Chapecoense club last week in Sao Paulo.
Some of Brazil's biggest soccer names took to the pitch on Thursday for a charity game in honor of Chapecoense. Other players at that game were Brazilian star Kaka, former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward Robinho, and City’s upcoming team player Gabriel Jesus.
Colombia aviation authorities concluded earlier this week that errors by the pilot, airline and Bolivian regulators are to blame for the crash that killed 71 people and most of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team.
The plane, operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia, crashed on a wooded hillside near Medellin because the pilot failed to refuel en route and did not report engine failures caused by the lack of fuel until it was too late, officials said.